The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday led workers to shut down operations at a Lebanese Firm in Abuja, Artco Industries Limited for alleged anti-labour activities and violations of labour law in the country.
The National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while addressing workers on the 2016 World Decent Day with the title ‘End Corporate Greed’, said that the NLC decided to picket the Lebanese company because the management refused to recall sacked 128 workers of the company despite a judgment of the Industrial Arbitration Panel and the intervention by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on the matter.
The management of the Lebanese firm was said to have sacked Chairman of the Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and wood workers, Mr. Alokwe Anisectus, and127 others for allegedly participating in the protests against fuel pump price and electricity tariff increase.
Condemning the action of the company’s management, Comrade Wabba said NLC would continue to occupy the premises of the company until the workers were recalled, adding that the NLC would not allow any company to enslave workers in violation of decent work environment and Labour laws.
Wabba also frowned that only the poor in the country pay tax, stressing that the Panama papers revealed that big businesses and the elite were evading tax payment in the country.